We swear, there is something in the water in Ballard: every year when we tally up the votes for our Seamless in Seattle contest (this year’s deadline coming up April 16, entry details here), an astounding number of finalists have Ballard-based New York Fashion Academy stamped on their resume.
At only 28 years old, Nicole Richie has become a Hollywood trendsetter thanks to her fashion sense. She recently visited Seattle’s flagship Nordstrom store to celebrate the launch of her new apparel line, Winter Kate (her daughter's middle name). Over 400 fans participated in the meet-and-greet and the downtown Nordstrom nearly sold out of the Winter Kate line by afternoon (don’t worry fashionistas - more Winter Kate will be arriving and is also available at nordstrom.com).
The North Casacdes Insitute last weekend kicked off its Sourdough Speaker Series with an enchanting talk by one of the best known landscape photographers of the Pacific NW, Lee Mann. Growing up on a rural third-generation stump ranch in the Skagit Valley, Mann was felling trees and trapping his supper by his teen years.
One of my favorite boutiques, Ballard’s Velouria, opened a sister store on Capitol Hill in December. The airy, light-filled space is ideal for showcasing local designers such as Deco Modiste and Lekkerlife (both lines currently offer color-saturated dresses that are perfect for special occasions, $120-$148). The new store also carries men’s and children’s clothing - a first for Velouria. The Seattle-based designer, Michael Cepress, creates men’s neckwear ranging from bow ties ($68) to full-length skinny or wide ties ($45-$70).
If you are one of the thousands of fans of Chef Matt Dillon, The Corson Building restaurant and the small urban farm that encircles it, here’s a chance to learn how Dillon does it, based on the garden’s natural seasons. A seven-month gardening and cooking series with Dillon and organic Master Gardener and NPR personality Willi Galloway starts April 14 at the restaurant.
Seattle Tilth, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources, has a full slate of informative hands-on workshops coming up this week and next for those ready to dive right into some serious spring gardening.
Assemble Gallery & Studio is a gallery, workspace and retail store all rolled into one (we’ve been big fans since they opened last fall—check out our story on the unique space here). The store offers everything from handcrafted stationery to books, but on a recent visit I learned that Assemble is also on the cutting edge for fashion—literally.
Backyard gardeners rejoice! Benefit from Seattle Tilth's expertise in starting plants, and take some home for your garden. Choose from an amazing selection of edible plant varieties proven to perform well in the Pacific NW during the cool season, starring rare and heirloom organic vegetables.
Join award-winning photographer Paul Bannick on a visual journey to iconic Northwest habitats as utilized by owls and woodpeckers. Bannick will discuss--and show-- how owls and woodpeckers define and enrich their habitat and how their life histories are intertwined. Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle 98199. $5 suggested donation. For more info, call 206.386.4236.
Deli is a clothing store, but designed to resemble a deli with shirts folded neatly on bakery racks and all t-shirt purchase are rolled and wrapped to look like sub sandwiches. The menswear shop carries contemporary couture brands which are otherwise hard to find in Seattle. Check out the California-based B:Scott menswear brand (shirts, $68) which is also suitable for women thanks to their XXS sizes or the Obey line with super-soft t-shirt/tank dresses ($49).